Dai & the Ramblers, Duw Duw, album review
Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records
Tuesday 28 January 2014
My Googling exploits tells me that the title translates from the Welsh as “Well, Well” which is as good enough a title as any for a collection of rocking tracks by a folk’n’blues-inspired London-based four piece led by Dai Price.
The story goes that they were heard by famed Ace Records founder Ted Carroll who whisked them off to a recording studio where they cut 11 entertaining tracks ranging from originals such as "Stones in My Shoes" which highlights Alan Dunn’s zydeco-like accordion playing, and the gospel waltz “Speak of the Devil” to a spirited rockabilly take of blues shouter Joe Turner’s “The Chicken and The Hawk” and an ambitious version of the Ray Charles staple “What’d I Say”.
There aren’t too many contemporary groups who would also tackle a modern jazz standard by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, yet Dai & the Rambles proceed to do that by performing Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower”, which is probably the most impressive track on the entire CD.
I’ll leave the last word to Carroll, a former manager of Thin Lizzy: “One the best bands I’ve ever seen and over 50-plus years, and I’ve seen them all.” Who are we to disagree?
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